Friday, May 13, 2011

Chicken wire message boards

I know I just redid my craft room not too long ago, but nothing in my house is ever done done.  The room was a little too busy looking so I've been tweaking. Starting with new message boards. 

Before:  (Look on either side of the window) a star, a magnet board and 2 different cork boards


After:  matching chicken wire message boards


I started with canvas frame stretchers.  They were super cheap and I was able to get the sizes I wanted.  One size was 30x40 and the other was 20x40.  I think I paid less than $25 for both of them.


The corners are already mitered.  They just slide in together.


I put a staple at each junction to reinforce the frame.


Next- the chicken wire.  I bought a roll at Lowes for around $12 and I have about 1/2 of the roll left.


I attached the chicken wire to the frame with a staple gun.


And then cut it to size with wire cutters. 

I forgot to take pictures of the next step but all I did was take the frames outside and give them a few coats of black semi-gloss spray paint.  I painted front and back to cover all of the silver on the wire.



Then I just used a couple of nails in the corners and hung them up.



And then I filled them up.  The larger of the two is for pictures, drawings my kids make me, quotes etc.


The other one is for the business stuff:  calendar, business cards, notes, to do lists, etc.


I just use clothes pins (both large and small) to hang items on the boards.


I am loving the way they turned out.  Even though there is a ton of stuff hanging on them, they look so much cleaner because they are simple and they match. 

10 comments:

  1. What an adorable idea!!! Thanks for sharing!!

    We wold LOVE if you would link up this project to our next week's What I Made Wednesday Linky Party!
    http://www.sweetpeasandbb.blogspot.com/

    Briana @ Sweet Peas and Bumblebees

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  2. What a great idea! They look perfect in your craft room. Stopping by from TT&J.

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  3. They look great! I love how much cleaner they make that wall feel.

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  4. fabulous idea!! thanks for partying with whipperberry!
    kisses

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  5. I think they look great. I love using chicken wire in projects like this. We also have chickens so we usually have a little extra wire hanging around. Partying with you tonight.

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  6. I love this idea!! I think they turned out great!

    http://vintagemellie.blogspot.com/

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  7. I love these Candice. Thanks for linking to the party. I'm going to link this on my facebook page.

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  8. You did a fabulous job. great idea. I am your newest follower and I would love if you could stop on by me blog. I am hosting a giveaway you would love for your craft room. Hope to see you there!:)
    Caroline

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  9. Just wanted to let you know that we LOVED your project!! It will be featured tomorrow at Sweet Peas & Bumblebees! :)

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